Senators Want Postal Service to Secure Blue Mailboxes After ‘Washed Check’ Problems

A group of U.S. senators sent a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General to call on improvements to the way mail is kept secure from fraudsters. Their inquiry follows several NBC10 Responds stories on victims of ‘washed check’ schemes.

Four U.S. senators, including three from Pennsylvania and Delaware, have sent a letter to the U.S. Postmaster General demanding answers regarding concerns over security of mail inside Postal Service blue boxes.

A rash of “washed check” thefts that NBC10 Responds has covered in several stories this year is adding to the urgency of improving the security of mail put in blue boxes.

“Reports that thieves are accessing USPS Blue Collection boxes to steal and then sort through mail to identify checks that they then use for personal gain are deeply troubling,” senators Tom Carper, D-Delaware, Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, wrote in the letter dated May 31, 2022. “Americans use the Postal Service to mail checks to pay their taxes and bills; they should not have to worry that those checks may be stolen.”


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